The gender gap plaguing the tech industry is a well-known issue. There have been many attempts to solve the problem, from campaigns focused on getting tech companies to change their cultures, to those that encourage girls to pursue STEM fields (and supports them throughout their education and careers), to non-profit organizations like Code.org and Girls Who Code that are tackling the issue by literally teaching young women and girls to code. Yet, despite all this attention, the problem is actually getting worse. Although the overall number of tech jobs has greatly increased, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the percentage of women in the tech industry is lower now than ever before. Female tech workers have dropped from a peak of 36 percent of the workforce in 1991 to just 25 percent in 2015.
Silicon Valley, we have a problem.
Change often starts within, so I’m proud to say that Talix is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our staff is currently about 25 percent female, matching the national average. Most are in technical fields, including developers, engineers and informaticists. We can – and must – improve, but we’ve made big strides forward in the last few years and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far.
As a woman and an HR manager in the tech world, recruiting and hiring talented women – and supporting them once they’re here – is important to me both personally and professionally. In that spirit, last week Talix hosted our First Annual Women’s Luncheon. The luncheon was an opportunity for the women in our ranks to get together in a relaxed environment, talk about their work and get to know each other a little better. While there are a lot of internal and external factors that go into ensuring a fair, welcoming and dynamic environment for women, this lunch was one way to recognize and encourage our staffers.
At Talix, we believe that when passionate people with different viewpoints and experiences come together in pursuit of a goal, great things happen. There’s plenty of research showing that gender-diverse teams are more productive and drive better financial results than do single-gender teams. Talix is always working toward achieving an employee base that reflects the increasingly diverse world we live in.
Over the next few months we’ll be posting short profiles the talented women on our staff. Stay tuned!